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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

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md@Linux.IT (Marco d'Itri) writes:

> On Jun 08, Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> wrote:
>> As we have hundreds of broken packages assuming e.g. that the filenames
>> on disk are encoded in the current locale's character set, the only way
>> to make them interact properly with other applications is to set a
>> UTF8-locale.
> Wrong. The problem is packages which need to interact with text files,
> mail and usenet messages generated by broken software, and for which
> assuming UTF-8 would be totally wrong.

This is completely orthogonal to making UTF-8 the default locale

The transition will in no way affect your need to use an old-fashioned
8-bit locale codeset if you need to do that.  I fully expect that many
people will do exactly this for years to come, and the changing of the
*default* will not prevent this.

Please bear in mind that this is a change we need to make, which most
of the major commercial distributions did over a year ago, if not
before.  Have you tried installing a recent SuSE or RedHat to check
this?  When I checked late last year, all locales were UTF-8 by
default.  We should have done this long before sarge was released.


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